And why you should stop believing them, according to a skin expert.
Can you separate fact from fiction when it comes to managing your kid’s sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin? It can be challenging, when you are faced with conflicting advice from well-meaning friends and misinformation from the Internet.
Here, consultant dermatologist Dr Ker Khor Jia from Dermatology and Co at Gleneagles Medical Centre clears up the confusion and offers expert tips on managing your kid’s skin woes.
Myth 1: I should leave my kid’s eczema-prone skin alone as he will grow out of it eventually
Dr Ker says: About seven in 10 kids with eczema will outgrow it by their teenage years. However, it is still important to manage children’s sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
When not managed properly, they can get bad eczema flareups, which are more difficult to treat. There is also a chance that the eczema can continue in adulthood.
Tip: If your child has dry skin or develops rashes easily on his joint folds, neck or body after he sweats or is exposed to heat, this could mean he has eczema-prone skin. See a dermatologist early to improve your child’s skin condition.
Myth 2: My kid should steer clear of physical activities to avoid skin flares.
Dr Ker says: If your kid has eczema-prone skin, excessive sweating can irritate sensitive skin and lead to eczema flare-ups, especially at the neck and joint folds.
However, physical activities help with your child’s development, so don’t be too restrictive about keeping him away from sweat-inducing activities.
Tip: Wipe off sweat whenever possible and have your kid change into a dry set of clothing after the activity. During an eczema flare, you may wish to restrict your kid’s physical activities but do encourage him to participate normally when his skin condition is good.
Strengthen the skin barrier and minimise flare-ups by applying moisturiser regularly, so that your kid gets more eczema-free periods to enjoy physical activities. Choose one with a light texture that can be easily absorbed into the skin.
Myth 3: Water alone, not cleansers, is best for sensitive skin
Dr Ker says: In Singapore’s hot and humid climate, using water alone may not be enough to cleanse the skin, especially if your kid has been sweating a lot. A gentle cleanser can effectively cleanse the skin, but not strip its moisture.
Tip: Get a soap-free and fragrance-free (or allergen-free fragrance) gentle cleanser or body wash to minimise skin irritation.
Myth 4: Hot water will relieve itchy skin.
Dr Ker says: This will only do more harm than good as hot water can damage skin.
Tip: Use room temperature, lukewarm or cold water when showering. Here’s another trick: leave the moisturiser in the refrigerator and apply the chilled cream to relieve itch.
Myth 5: Organic skincare products are better for sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
Dr Ker says: There is no strong evidence to suggest that this is true. Some organic products may contain ingredients like essential oils or added fragrance, and there have been reports of skin irritation from these added ingredients.
Tip: When choosing a moisturiser, opt for a fragrance-free cream. Additionally, moisturisers containing ceramides are beneficial for your child’s skin. Ceramides are proteins that can repair and lock moisture in the skin.
See a doctor when there are eczema flares, and use soap-free gentle cleansers and moisturizers regularly to maintain sensitive skin, like Bioderma’s Atoderm Huile de douche and PP Baume. Both products are formulated with Vitamin PP, an active ingredient that helps stimulate the production of skin’s own ceramides to help lock in moisture and restore a healthy skin barrier. Together, they work as an effective two-step skincare regime to calm your little one’s dry, irritated and eczema-prone skin.
Specially formulated with sensitive and eczema-prone skin in mind, Atoderm is free of parabens, alcohol, colorants and other preservatives. Plus, it’s gentle enough for the entire family – including babies as young as six months old, or as directed by physicians/doctors.
If you or your child has eczema, check out Bioderma’s Atoderm Intensive range, which is formulated to specifically treat eczema skin.
Need more expert tips from Dr Ker on managing your kids’ sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin?
Sign up for Living Well with Sensitive Skin, a derma talk on Oct 5, 2019, brought to you by world-renowned dermatological skincare brand, Bioderma, in partnership with Young Parents and The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
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TIME: 2 pm to 4 pm
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